"Many of the most effective strike tactics – from sit-down strikes that physically occupy a workplace, to solidarity strikes that spread through a supply chain – are now generally illegal. "
Remember this quote for a minute.
Precarious workers, the precariat, I talk about them all the time. Hey, fast food workers are amongst the most precarious of the precarious. These workers get paid next to nothing, have few if any benefits ever, are often classified or forced to be part-time, have almost no rights, have lousy and dangerous working conditions, and on and on.
How come they don't get together and organize? Now back to that quote above. "Many of the most effective strike tactics – from sit-down strikes that physically occupy a workplace, to solidarity strikes that spread through a supply chain – are now generally illegal. " You see pretty much anytime these working folks, often young, even think of organizing, boom, they are out of a job. If they actually try a strike, well, the bosses just replace them out of the unwaged reserve army of labor...and keep business going. How could you shut down such a business and make your strike serious? Well, you could try a "sit-down strikes that physically occupy a workplace" or maybe you could call for "solidarity strikes that spread through a supply chain." Of course, those are now "generally illegal."
And then good autonomist Marxist that I am, I will pontificate and point out that the strike, a union organized and led strike will end up with a contract which will only cement the wage relation and further enforce Capital's domination.
Yeah, all this is easy for me to say...
But then I am not a 23 year old, single mom, with no insurance, barely holding on to a rented apartment, barely getting by. Easy for me to say.
Further, the truth is that there is no doubt fast food workers carry out acts of resistance every day. You know they do...in their own ways. That, too, is part of the struggle to break out of Capital, a very important part.
But the McCapital is big time and it ain't easy taking on giants.
Still when working people, young or old, get together, well, you just never know what might happen next.
And us, you and me, we need to find ways to support these folks. It is their jobs and more significantly their lives which are on the line. We could do something. If they don't ask us, maybe, we could walk up and ask them...today...for example...in New York.
Dig it! Do it!
The following is from Salon.